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Ramaphosa to Honour Sharpeville Heroes on Human Rights Day

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

SHARPEVILLE – President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver a keynote address at the national Human Rights Day commemoration today in Sharpeville, Sedibeng District Municipality in Gauteng.

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Marking a significant occasion, the President’s address will resonate with the spirit of the 30th anniversary of freedom and democracy in South Africa. With the nation observing Human Rights Month, Ramaphosa’s speech is part of a reflection on the strides taken to uphold human dignity and implement the values enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

Before addressing the gathering at the George Thabe Cricket Grounds, the President is set to initiate the day’s events with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at 10:00 at the Sharpeville Memorial Site. This act of remembrance pays homage to the victims of the grievous Sharpeville Massacre which occurred in 1960, where apartheid police opened fire on unarmed protestors who were demonstrating against restrictive pass laws, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries.

“Ahead of addressing the national event, the President, joined by bereaved families of fallen victims, will commence with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Sharpeville memorial in honour of the fallen Sharpeville Massacre victims,” revealed the Presidency in a statement.

Human Rights Month serves not only to consider the progress made but also to remind South Africans of the profound sacrifices that paved the way to achieving democracy. The painful remembrance of the Sharpeville Massacre places a spotlight on the indelible impact of the protest and its role in the fight against the oppressive apartheid regime.

Selected as the focal point for the commemoration, Sharpeville is symbolic of the government’s dedication to recognising the courage of those who laid down their lives not only in this community but across the nation in the quest for liberation.

“The hosting of the event in Sharpeville symbolises the government’s commitment to honour the sacrifices made by those who fought and died for our liberation in Sharpeville and other communities throughout South Africa,” the Presidency affirmed.

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